Power Outage

We just had a power outage. For a while, the house was dark. There was no wireless Internet, no satellite TV -- nothing but candlelight. I found my acoustic guitar in the dark and started plucking out some melodies as our family sat together in the dim, flickering light.

It was like being sent back in time 150 years.

It just goes to show you that all the advances of the last few generations can be taken back just like that. We can revert to 'failure mode' pretty quickly.

We sat in the candlelight and thought, 'gee, this is kind of nice'. Just a family spending a few moments together, without all the distractions of modern life.

Then the lights kicked on, the clocks started flashing 12:00, 12:00, the fridge whirred to life. And we thought, 'thank God that's over!'